Arsenal reportedly still hope and plan to sign Youri Tielemans this summer, despite one or two suggestions to the contrary in recent days.

Leicester City's Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans warms up ahead of the UEFA Conference League semi-final first leg football match between Leicester City and Roma at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, on April 28, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City’s Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans warms up ahead of the UEFA Conference League semi-final first leg football match between Leicester City and Roma at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, on April 28, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

After strong links to Youri Tielemans prior to Arsenal agreeing a fee for Fabio Vieira, The Athletic were the first outlet to cast a little bit of doubt on a potential summer move for the Leicester City man.

The Athletic reported that Tielemans was a name high on Arsenal’s summer shortlist, but it was a “more nuanced situation” than their move for Gabriel Jesus and “likely to depend on other movement in central midfield”.

Rob Dorsett of Sky Sports then added that Arsenal interest in Tielemans has cooled, as the Gunners would probably only sign one midfielder (Vieira). Dorsett added that it was now more likely Tielemans would sign a one-year contract extension with Leicester.

But elsewhere, reports suggest Tielemans is still planning to leave this summer, and Arsenal are still hoping to bring him in.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Tielemans isn’t considering a contract offer right now, and would only do so once the transfer window is closed. His priority is to leave, and talks are ongoing for him to do so.

The Evening Standard report that Vieira’s signing won’t affect the pursuit of Tielemans, and The Times also claim Vieira’s arrival is not thought to have an impact on the Tielemans signing.

Meanwhile, Ryan Taylor tells GiveMeSport that Arsenal are still hopeful and confident that both Jesus and Tielemans will still join.

WATFORD, ENGLAND: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City applauds the fans during the Premier League match between Watford and Leicester City at Vicarage Road on May 15, 2022. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City applauds the fans during the Premier League match between Watford and Leicester City at Vicarage Road on May 15, 2022. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

The situation is clearly somewhat less certain than it was a week ago, and at the very least you’d expect Arsenal to line up a move for Lucas Torreira if they’re bringing Tielemans in.

Whether they need to offload another player, such as Granit Xhaka, remains to be seen.

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